Cliff Notes: Phoenix Recap (3:14.59)

Cliff notes version: I PR’ed and was first in my age group.

A photo of me post race
A photo of me post race

The longer but not too long version:

The first half of the race felt great.  I ran the first 13.1 in 1:34.

For the last two weeks, I have been dealing with a hamstring soreness/tightness that manifested itself in this race around mile 18.  From mile 21-26.2 I felt my hamstring and hip during each and every stride.  It was the hardest section of running I’ve done in a while.  I fought through (and believe me if I felt anything rip, tear, pop or do something to change my gait I would have stopped).  My hamstring caused my stride to shorten and for it to be a miserable last 7 miles.

I’m in a decent amount of pain (not soreness but pain) post race.  It’s not sharp but it does feel strained.

I also dealt with 14 hours of traveling and being up for 22 hours on Thursday to Friday.  I could feel exhaustion kick in.

I had already planned to rest several days before returning to running but I’m resting until I can figure out what is going on.  I’ll be back at you for a much longer blog post sometime soon.

It was a great PR and a good race for me.  I know I still have not conquered the marathon distance by any means.  I did learn that my fueling was perfect though for this race and I believe that was a huge lesson.  The other important thing about typing up this race recap is that I’ve finally learned how to spell “Phoenix”…instead of Pheonix…

For the LOLZ: 

Trying to get up to collect my age group award...like a bumbling idiot.
Trying to get up to collect my age group award…like a bumbling idiot.

age group winner

Thank you for all the love and support from family and friends.  It truly means the world to me.